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“More of a show than a luau”

Wailele Polynesian Luau
Ranked #11 of 18 Concerts & Shows in Lahaina
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Owner description: At Wailele Polynesian Luau dinner show, guests will embark on an exciting journey to the Polynesian Islands where dance was considered not just as a form of entertainment, but as a means of telling stories. Recognized for providing an award-winning experience, the luau is held oceanfront at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and features dances and songs from old and modern Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand (Maori), Tonga and Samoa. Highlights include the story of Pele (Goddess of Fire), Hi'ilave Hula Awana dedicated to Wailele (meaning waterfalls) and Maui's most extreme fire knife dance finale called "Siva Afi". The unforgettable evening of fun, culture and entertainment is complemented by a traditional dinner served buffer style and selection of beverages.
Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“More of a show than a luau”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I had trouble deciding between 3 or 4 stars for this and gave 4 because of the performers. The show was great. Well-staged with beautiful dancers and "warriors", lots of fire and drums, and just enough cheesy emcee to make you smile.

Then you get the food. The best you can say about it is that it's good resort food. Seriously, it's actually good, just not excellent, but the cocktails are terrible. Blech. The service -- now THAT was fantastic. Our waiter never made us ask for more, and even noticed that my daughter wasn't eating anything and quickly swooped in with a big plate of french fries.

We sat in premium seating, in the second row (of three) of tables, and I definitely think that rows two and three are better than the front row since it is right under the stage. If you pay the small upcharge for premium, you have a separate check-in line and your table is reserved. Everyone else stood in a long (but reasonable) line and had to get tables first-come-first served, I think. Everyone gets a shell-lei greeting, and the bar is open ahead of time with a handful of drink selections ("open" during the show for whatever you want), so come early to drink and shop the craft vendors, and to find a good table if you're not in premium. You also get photos taken by the beautiful waterfall. It's man-made, but very nicely done.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank myaria2000
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Redwood City
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great polynesian and fire dancers”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

We attended this luau on 8/28. (We had also attended the Old Lahina Luau the prior week.) I was a little disappointed with this one. We paid approximately $500 for a family of five (premium seating). The show started just as the sun was setting so even though we were close to the stage, the sun was directly in our eyes and it was difficult to see. The food was mediocre. The tables are circular with approximately 8 seats (we were paired with a honeymoon couple). Compared to buffets its nice to be served at your table BUT i think we were the LAST table served all night long. I took my daughter to the restroom and every other table had food except us. Also the portions were not very generous. We have 3 kids and our table finished almost all the food. Our server never offered to bring us more food and we hardly ever saw him. He shoved two mai tais at us and disappeared....then we noticed other tables had a variety of drinks. The buffet at the Old Lahania Luau offered MUCH more variety....and all you can eat (and the setting is much nicer.) The Westin location seems a bit crowded and tight against the building.....if you aren't in premium seating, you may be very far from the stage. The 5x7 photo is $20 (cash only). They take a photo will real plumeria leis but you only get to keep the shell leis. The polynesian dancing was very good and my kids were impressed with the fire dancers.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Diane F
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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Westin luau”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Luau was a fun experience. The hula and fire dancers were entertaining and it was non stop action. The food was ok and the first part of the show was tough to see because you are looking directly into the sun. The service was well done and a quick look up got you another drink or more food.

Visited August 2012
Thank Mickey P
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“We loved it.”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

My husband & I saw this luau last year. We loved it so much we saw it again this year. Well worth the money. We plan on seeing it every time we visit the Westin Maui.

Thank cmcbooker
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medford, nj
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Family Friendly Luau”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We travel a lot with our 4 kids and always look for activities that we will ALL enjoy. This luau lived up to that. There is a small crowd that made it much more intimate for our kids. The food was great and served family style at our table instead of standing in line for a buffet. They brought you all you wanted to eat. Although our kids ate the traditional Hawaiian menu, they were offered hamburgers or chicken fingers if they preferred. The show was great and included fire dancers. A big plus for our kids. There was an area offering traditional Hawaiian crafts. The craft area was low key but fun. I would recommend the VIP seating in order to be up front. It was little bit more money but the seats were better, the line to enter was shorter and your table was reserved rather than first come first serve.

Visited August 2012
Thank skatenrun
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